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In Greek mythology, there are the three Fates and these three are sisters, each with a different job. It is said that these three Fates decide on the fate of humans. The Fates are often thought of to be cold, unmerciful and ugly although the Greek gods think extremely highly of the Fates because they are also known to be just and fair. The Fates choose at man’s birth how much good and evil they should possess and they are responsible for doling out punishment for wrongdoings to both human men and the gods. The three Fates are named Clotho, which stands for the things that are, Atropos, which means that the things that are yet to be, and Lachesis, which means the things that once were.

Atropos is the oldest of the three sisters and is also the shortest in stature. Because she wields the most power, she also strikes the most fear in gods and men. Clotho is the spinner and spins the thread of life upon her spindle. Lachesis then measures the string on her rod and Atropos cuts the string with her shears.

There is some belief that the Fates are under the power of Zeus and that they carry out their actions on his command. If this were true, they would not be the most powerful beings but Zeus would still hold that title. Others believe that not even Zeus is protected from their powers and that it is indeed the Fates that decide on the ultimate fates.

It is also believed that Tyche, standing for luck or fortune, was once among the Fates. If this were true, she instead of Atropos would have been the most powerful of three because she possessed beauty, virtue, and good fame. She would distribute these attributes as she saw fit. She also had the power to destroy any hope that man or god had for their life.


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